The Vermont Statutes Online

Title 23: Motor Vehicles

Chapter 13: OPERATION OF VEHICLES

Sub-Chapter 09: Violations And Penalties

23 V.S.A. § 1099. Texting prohibited



§ 1099. Texting prohibited

(a) As used in this section, "texting" means the reading or the manual composing or sending of electronic communications, including text messages, instant messages, or e-mails, using a portable electronic device as defined in subdivision 4(82) of this title, but shall not be construed to include use of a global positioning or navigation system.

(b) A person shall not engage in texting while operating a moving motor vehicle on a highway.

(c) A person who violates this section commits a traffic violation as defined in section 2302 of this title and shall be subject to a penalty of not less than $100.00 and not more than $200.00 upon adjudication of a first violation, and of not less than $250.00 and not more than $500.00 upon adjudication of a second or subsequent violation within any two-year period. (Added 2009, No. 150 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. June 1, 2010; amended 2013, No. 57, § 24.)